Discovering Havana, Cuba

When we first landed in Havana, we didn’t quite know what to expect. I mean the old cars, the colonial buildings and what we had seen in pictures, we knew...but we had no idea what it would actually be like. The people, the sights, the sounds, the food we were so curious about, that we couldn’t wait to start discovering Havana, Cuba for what it really was. For starters, Havana, Cuba is divided into three basic neighborhoods: Habana Vieja (Old Havana), Centro Habana, and Vedado. Each has their own distinct personality, each is worth your time, and each is full ...
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Impressions of Cuba

Old cars, cigars, mojitos, and brightly colored colonial buildings. The crumbling streets  full of life, bustling cafeterias that everyone converges on for breakfast and lunch, or the sound of pick up soccer games outside your window. Cuba is utterly indescribable. The country is wholly bewildering, insanely gorgeous, and completely captivating. The Cuban people have taken us into their homes, showed us amazing hospitality, and offered a semi-snippet into Cuban culture. It’s been hard for us to internalize Cuban way of life. On one hand, you have the new influx of tourism and private enterprises that are completely changing people’s lives ...
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7 Best North Carolina Waterfalls

Western North Carolina can also be described as the "Land of Waterfalls," due to the 250+ waterfalls that grace it's landscape. We're huge waterfall chasers, and we spend most of our free time plotting our next waterfall adventure. Lucky for us, there's plenty to choose from. Here's a list of the 7 best North Carolina waterfalls. 1. Looking Glass Falls This easily accessible waterfall is located in the Pisgah National Forest outside of Brevard. And by easily accessible,  it's right off the side off the road! This makes it the perfect place for picnics, families, and summer time hanging out. The ...
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Guide to Visiting the Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville is full of wonderful things to do, but if you’re in the area and miss out on going to the Biltmore Estate... you’re not doing it right. It was my first time visiting the Biltmore Estate and while Cazzie has been before, it was his first time in quite awhile. We planned on spending a couple of hours there during the day and then head camping later at night, but ended up throwing all our other plans away to stay longer. And it was well worth it! If anyone says that the United States doesn’t have royalty, this estate ...
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Chicago Walking Tour

Last weekend, we headed back to my old stomping grounds to celebrate our engagement with my family. For those of you who don’t know, I’m originally from outside the magnificent city of Chicago. While I will always treasure my time there, ultimately the winters were too harsh and I was forced to flee to warmer weather. Chicago in the summer is truly magical. After the long, freezing cold winter, the people of Chicago come out of hibernation and celebrate the three good months of the year...and they know how to celebrate. While the actual city of Chicago is huge, their ...
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Camping in the Aspen Rockies

Colorado is a true dream. One of those places that outdoor lovers can’t help but fall in love with, and never want to leave. Cazzie used to live in Colorado when we first started dating, which now seems like ages ago! Sometimes I forget we were long distance for the first 8 months of our relationship, but I wouldn't trade it for a thing.  I was slightly enamored with both Cazzie and the Rocky Mountains, so my trips to visit were long and frequent. I don’t think I ever asked him if I could come, I just booked flights there ...
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  • When I first met Cazzie, I asked him since he was from North Carolina if he had ever seen snow 😑😂 ❄️It's safe to say, North Carolina sees their fair share of winter wonderland! .
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  • Today has been hard. 
It started with the news that Trump has significantly reduced the amount of land in two national monuments. While I'm not from Utah, and have never been, my heart is still heavy with the news that big government and business once again triumphs over preserving land and sacred history.
Right after that, the news changed to announce renewed RNC support for Roy Moore...which just has me asking why and how our nation has come to this point. 
And then to top it all off, I got a call from the auto shop saying that my car is essentially falling apart, to the tune of an expensive repair. 
It's days like this where remembering past adventures get me through. And thinking about how someone thought to spruce up an old barn with simple paintings of sunflowers just to make the world a little brighter....that makes me feel a little better.
To whoever painted this barn on a barely used country road, I thank you. You're the reason I'm smiling today. .
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  • Every time we drive by Looking Glass Falls, we skip over it. Too many crowds, too many cars, too many other things in the area. 
This last Saturday, we drove past the parking area and to our surprise...there was absolutely no one there. 
We sat on the rocks under the falls, listening to the water crash, and enjoyed the serenity of a place so normally overrun, completely by ourselves. 
It seems that after the leaves fall from their branches, no one wants to venture outside. 
I think that's okay with me though. Because we plan on enjoying it anyways. .
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  • We might not be in our North Carolina mountains this weekend, but you better believe we're still going to #optoutside ☀️
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  • Thanksgiving week is one of my favorite weeks of the year. It's the time of year that everyone stops, takes a look around, and remembers what they have to be thankful for in life. 
It can be easy to forget those things throughout the hustle and stresses of every day life...but this week it's easy to remember. 
I'm thankful for so many things. I'm thankful for these mountains, and even more so for Cazzie, who is willing to drop everything every weekend to explore them with me. I'm thankful for friends and family, and for the kilbasa and sauerkraut that will be in abundance at my family's Thanksgiving feast. And last but not least, I'm thankful that we live in a crazy beautiful world. 
Even though thanksgiving isn't until Thursday, I think it's important to drag this feeling of thankfulness out as long as possible...because who ever said a little bit of joy inserted into our daily lives was a bad thing? .
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